Childbearing importance: A qualitative study of women with infertility in China
Women's infertility‐related distress may be directly proportional to how important childbearing is to them. Those infertile females who internalized children as a life necessity experienced poorer psychosocial adjustment (Ahrabi & Akbari, 2015; Bayley, Slade, & Lashen, 2009). Conversely, and not surprisingly, women who were more flexible about biological parenthood appeared to handle stressful situations better and reported fewer depressive symptoms in relation to their infertility (Thompson, Woodward, & Stanton, 2011). Understanding how infertile women perceive the functions and meanings of having children can assist clinical professionals in identifying patients’ fertility‐related demands and subsequently improving their psychological wellbeing.